Second Year

Ireland is one of 72 countries that will participate in TIMSS at Second Year (Eighth grade) in 2023.

The main study will be conducted on a nationally representative sample of approximately 150 post-primary schools between March and May 2023.

In preparation for the main study in 2023, a field trial will be conducted in March/April 2022. The purpose of the field trial is to try out new test and questionnaire material. Within each school, up to two Second Year class groups will be randomly selected (by the ERC) to participate in the assessments.

Students will be asked to complete an online test, containing both mathematics and science questions. The TIMSS online assessments will now include new and engaging item formats and interactive features and scenario-based Problem Solving and Inquiry tasks (PSIs) that motivate students and capitalise on the digital environment. Following completion of the test (and a break), students will be asked to complete an online student questionnaire which asks questions about the student’s background, their use of digital devices, what they think about school, and, in particular, what they think about mathematics and science. Information such as this is valuable in interpreting the results of the test, and in providing a snapshot of students’ views on their educational experience.

Information will also be gathered from school principals and the mathematics and science teachers of students taking part in the study through school and teacher questionnaires in order to build up a better picture of the Irish education system.

More Information

Information for students who have been selected to participate in TIMSS can be found here.

To see Ireland’s results of the 2019 assessment, click here.

For some examples of the type of mathematics and science questions that were used in the TIMSS 2019 Eight grade (Second Year) assessment please click here.

More information on TIMSS Eight grade (Second Year) can be found here.